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JIMMY OLSEN was never a regular buy for me when I was a kid,
'though that changed when JACK KIRBY took over for 15 issues back
in the '70s. One issue that sticks in my mind however, is the above one -
#97 - bought by my brother during our holiday in Largs in 1968. He also
purchased FANTASTIC #70, featuring the first half of the origin of The
INCREDIBLE HULK. This was the first time ODHAMS had reprinted
the tale, having begun with issue #2 when the strip debuted in SMASH!
of the story, regarding it as redundant for their purposes.
(Update: Actually, it had appeared in Smash! #27, cover-
dated August 6th 1966, as a self-contained story, out of sequence
with, and seemingly unconnected to, The Hulk's origin tale.)
TASY #15, instead starting with ASM #1 when the series appeared in
POW! Nor did they commence with DAREDEVIL's origin in Smash!,
reserving an abridged version of the tale for the 1968 Fantastic Summer
Special. I'd have to check, but I don't think they published the first-ever
far as I remember, the only characters they definitely printed from
the very beginning were The FANTASTIC FOUR, THOR,
IRON MAN, X-MEN and DOCTOR STRANGE.
figure and a STEVE ZODIAC & ZOONY The LAZOON on a jet-
mobile toy. Whenever I look at my replacements of either the Jimmy
Olsen or Fantastic comics, or the Steve Zodiac toy (I haven't got 'round
to replacing Captain Scarlet yet), I'm instantly transported back in time
to our holiday residence for that year, which was the ground floor flat
of what was essentially a Glasgow-type tenement, complete with
the 'luxury' of an outside toilet in the back courtyard.
on the pavement outside the front of the building, then stood around
trying to look nonchalant so that we could register the looks of disgust
on the faces of passers-by. It went largely unnoticed, to the extent that
somebody accidentally kicked it as they passed, sending it skiting along
the path. 'Twas my idea to pour some water over it, to give it the ap-
pearance of a more realistic, freshly-deposited doggie-jobbie, but
that failed to attract any more attention than before.
toys I bought on those occasions at a future date. (You lucky 'Criv-
ites', you! I really shouldn't spoil you so much.)